Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The doctrine of Election, Part 5. The election of the Church.
Friday, July 9, 2004
Point 5. The Election of the Church.
Like the other two elections, the election of Israel as a nation, and the election of TLJC for the incarnation, the Church was elected to execute a plan, the PPOG.
Under the principle of election, the Church-age believer must not only understand his relationship to God, but also his relationship to man and history.
You were designed for God’s pleasure, REV 4:11.
Because of His love He made us His children through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, EPH 1:5.
Election is related to mankind in the sense that the character and nature of Christ is being manifested alive in you by means of virtue-love.
Election means we are responsible to preserve the client nation by advancing and becoming invisible heroes.
The temporal state is from the time of salvation through faith in Christ until either physical death or the rapture occurs.
The “temporal state” and your dedication on the PPOG determines whether you enter eternity abundantly or deficiently, rich or poor, winner or loser.
The conveyance of the wealth that God has elected you to receive means that you will be rich forever or
In terms of the phenomenal spiritual blessings which have been provided for every believer which may include financial blessing depending on whether or not you have a capacity for it.
2CO 9:6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully.
LUK 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you in a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they [blessings] will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
PRO 11:24 One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
PRO 11:25 A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
Giving graciously or sacrificially produces an attitude in the individual which allows God to pour out more blessing to the one who gives.
Positive volition toward doctrine = rich in time, rich in eternity.
Negative volition toward doctrine = poor in time, poor in eternity.
The second state of the believer = “the interim state” – the in-between state. It is the state of the believer after physical death.
After physical death the believer is –
2CO 5:8 absent from the body and face to face with the Lord.
The “interim state” is a state of equality.
The eternal state begins with the resurrected body and the Rapture of the Church.
The “Judgment Seat” of Christ in the eternal state determines and distinguishes between “rich and poor” and “winners and losers” in the spiritual realm.
As a part of election, God willed for you to be a winner and rich. However, you can reject that which God wills.
God’s desire is to bless you, and He has; however your desires can cause you to reject His blessings.
2PE 3:9 “The Lord is not willing for any to perish but for all to come to a change of mind [repentance].”
The only generation of “Church-age believers” which will skip the interim state is the Rapture generation.
When you die you go to the interim state – no distinction is made between rich or poor, winner or loser.
Once the Rapture occurs and we all receive our resurrected bodies the distinctions exist again.
“Abundantly” – plousios = wealth and riches.
It means to yield something abundantly, to present in large quantity.
2PE 1:11 “for in this way an abundance.”
Epichoregeo – fut-pass-ind – “shall be supplied” = to furnish, to supply, to provide; to supply and furnish all that is needed to be successful.
Future tense = the Judgment Seat of Christ and the rewards awaiting there for those believers who are winners.
This is the final place where the conveyance of wealth and riches “exceeding abundantly above all we could ask or think,” EPH 3:20, are conveyed unto us.
The blessings in the eternal state are the continuation of blessings in time.
2CO 6:10 “We are as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.”
a. There are going to be rich and poor believers forever and ever and ever in the eternal state.
b. In the temporal state, the believer is either a winner or a loser, either rich or poor.
c. The conveyance of the wealth that God has elected you to receive in time means that you will be rich forever in eternity.
d. Winners will be spiritually rich in time and spiritually rich in eternity.
Giving graciously or sacrificially produces an attitude in the individual which allows God to pour more blessing to the one who gives.
e. God willed for you to be a winner and rich, however, you can reject that which God wills.